Press Releases

11.30.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND REVEAL: BUFFALO AND TONAWANDA WAITING ON OVER $15 MILLION IN CRITICAL HUD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDING, HOLDING UP ESSENTIAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND HURTING LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS; SENATORS DEMAND HUD IMMEDIATELY RELEASE MUCH-NEEDED FEDERAL FUNDS TO BUFFALO AND TONAWANDA

The Community Development Block Grant Program Provides Essential Funds For Transformative Development Projects Across Buffalo, Tonawanda And Upstate NY; Schumer And Gillibrand Fought To Secure $3.3 Billion For Program In Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill After Learning That HUD Has Yet To Send Previously-Allocated Funding To Buffalo And Tonawanda - Over $13 Million For Buffalo And Over $1.6 Million For Tonawanda - Schumer And Gillibrand Demand HUD Immediately Release Funds Senators … Continue Reading


11.28.18

WITH HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON IN FULL SWING, SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO IMMEDIATELY PASS LEGISLATION THAT WILL THWART TOY SCALPERS FROM USING “GRINCH BOTS” ACROSS UPSTATE NY TO REAP PREDATORY PROFITS ON POPULAR GIFTS; SAYS NY FAMILIES SHOULDN’T PAY A KING’S RANSOM WHEN BUYING PRESENTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN & LOVED ONES

The Same Cyber-Scalpers Who Use Bots To Purchase And Resell Hot Concert Tickets Are Now Using The Technology To Purchase And Resell Massive Quantities Of The Hottest Holiday Gifts - From Boxy Girls Dolls To Hotwheels - Forcing Upstate NY Shoppers To Pay Exorbitant Amounts Of Money For The Most Popular Toys And Gifts On Third-Party Websites     Schumer Initiates A Major Effort To Pass His Recently-Introduced "Stopping Grinch Bots Act Of 2018", Which Would Ban These Commonly-Us… Continue Reading


11.26.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LOOMING FED LAW WOULD KILL WESTCHESTER’S & ROCKLAND’S LIFE-SAVING FIRST RESPONDER RADIO SIGNAL—‘T-BAND’; WESTCHESTER & ROCKLAND COPS, FIREFIGHTERS & EMS WOULD HAVE TO GET NEW RADIOS USING UNTESTED SYSTEM, WHILE SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS; SENATOR LAUNCHES PUSH TO KEEP WESTCHESTER EMERGENCY RADIO WORKING, AS IS

Westchester And Rockland First Responders Heavily Rely On Access To Special Radio Frequency During Slew Of Emergencies; Tragic 2015 Valhalla Train Derailment Exemplifies Necessity Of A Reliable Communication System For First Responders As Multiple Emergency Crews Responded To Scene Special Signal Allows Westchester & Rockland Firefighters, Cops & EMS To Communicate Day-To-Day, Even When Cell Towers, Electricity Or Internet Are Down; T-Band Even Functions Deep Underground In Tunnels Or I… Continue Reading


11.26.18

AFTER DOZENS OF INCIDENTS AND ALMOST A YEAR OF WAITING, SCHUMER DOUBLES DOWN ON CALL FOR CSX TO MAKE CRITICAL IMPROVEMENTS TO TEMPLE HILL RD AND UNION AVE RAIL CROSSINGS; SAYS CSX HAS HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE TOWN OF NEW WINDSOR TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS ORANGE COUNTY RAIL CROSSINGS AND DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION

Temple Hill Rd And Union Ave Rail Crossings In Orange County Have Been In A State Of Disrepair For Years - Resulting In Dozens Of Incidents, Thousands Of Dollars In Damages & Causing Significant Safety & Quality Of Life Concerns For Motorists, Business Owners & Emergency Personnel After Calling On CSX To Work With New Windsor Officials & Develop Long-Term Solution For Hazardous Rail Crossings Last January, Schumer Says Far Too Much Time Has Been Allowed To Pass Without Action &a… Continue Reading


11.20.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO SUPPORT HARRIS CORPORATION’S EFFORT TO BUILD FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SPACE TELESCOPE FOR NASA; SAYS FUNDING WILL SUPPORT 160 GOOD-PAYING JOBS, REVOLUTIONIZE THE WAY WE SEE THE UNIVERSE

The WFIRST Telescope Sought By NASA - And With Vital Parts To Be Built By Harris Corp. In Rochester - Is Designed To View An Area Of Space 100x Larger Than The Hubble Telescope Schumer Calls On Congress To Fully Fund WFIRST Telescope Mission In FY19; Says Funding Will Maintain 160 Rochester Harris Corp. Jobs & Help Build NASA's Next Flagship Telescope Schumer To Congress: Pass Critical Funding & Prep WFIRST Telescope For Liftoff Standing at Harris Corporation in Rochester, U.S. Senato… Continue Reading


11.20.18

SCHUMER CALLS ON USPS TO IMMEDIATELY MEET WITH TOWN OF AMHERST OFFICIALS, LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS & BUSINESSES TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS TRAFFIC CONFIGURATION AT SHERIDAN DRIVE POSTAL FACILITY IN WILLIAMSVILLE; SAYS UNSAFE PARKING LOT HAS LED TO OVER 30 ACCIDENTS & PUTS MOTORISTS AND PEDESTRIANS IN HARM’S WAY

Since 2011, When USPS Moved Local Retail Operations And Altered the Parking Lot Of The Sheridan Drive Postal Facility, There Have Been 33 Car Accidents And 11 Injuries Adjacent To The Parking Lot Standing At The Post Office At Sheridan And Essjay In Williamsville, Schumer Calls On USPS To Immediately Sit Down With Town Of Amherst Officials, Local Stakeholders, And Impacted Businesses To Develop A Near- And Long-Term Plan To Address Unsafe Traffic Configuration Schumer To USPS: It's Time To S… Continue Reading


11.19.18

WITH OVER 675 SYRACUSE CHILDREN POISONED BY LEAD LAST YEAR, SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO IMMEDIATELY PASS $30 MILLION FUNDING INCREASE FOR HUD LEAD HAZARD REMOVAL PROGRAM; URGES FEDS TO APPROVE CITY’S APPLICATION TO RESTART LEAD REMOVAL PROGRAM

In 2017, At Least 675 Syracuse Children Were Poisoned By Lead; 11% Of All Tested Children Displayed Elevated Levels Of Lead; As Syracuse Lacks Funding & Resources To Combat The Crisis, HUD Office Of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes Remains In Critical Need of Increased Funding Schumer Today Launches Major Push To Secure Much-Needed $30M Increase For HUD's Office Of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes In Final, Bipartisan, Must-Pass, December FY 19 THUD Appropriations Bill; Reite… Continue Reading


11.19.18

WITH RECORD-BREAKING THANKSGIVING TRAVEL UNDERWAY IN NEW YORK & THE CAPITAL REGION & AIRPLANE SEATS GETTING SMALLER & SMALLER, SCHUMER DEMANDS FEDS BEGIN PROCESS TO TACKLE SHRINKING SEAT SIZE; BI-PARTISAN LAW SENATOR CHAMPIONED HAS BEEN ON-THE-BOOKS BUT FAA HASN’T STARTED THE WORK TO STOP THE SHRINK

TSA Predicting This Thanksgiving As Busiest Air Travel On Record; Albany International Expects To See Over 5,000 People A Day - And So Will The Shrinking-Seat Planes Schumer Successfully Included Flyer-Friendly Amendment Requiring Minimum Standards For Seat And Legroom Standards On Airplanes In Larger FAA Bill That Became Law In October - But Feds Haven't Started Process To Remedy Travel Headache; Senator Wants Action Schumer: Plan To Stop Airlines From Shrinking Seats Needs To Get Off The Gr… Continue Reading


11.16.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES LOCKHEED MARTIN IN OWEGO AWARDED $382 MILLION NAVY CONTRACT FOR MH-60R AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION

Schumer Announces Lockheed Martin In Owego Receives Navy Award For The Manufacture And Delivery Of Eight MH-60R Aircraft, The World's Most Advanced Maritime Helicopter Schumer: Navy's Investment Means The Nation And Our Brave Armed Forces Will Benefit From Owego’s First-Class Workforce U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $382 million contract from the Navy for the manufacture and delivery of eight MH-60R aircraft. Schumer explained that a si… Continue Reading


11.14.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES: DUE TO SUCCESS WITH FEDERAL CONTRACT, CONSERVE WILL BRING 200 NEW JOBS TO MONROE AND ERIE COUNTIES; SENATOR SAYS THESE WELL-DESERVED JOBS WILL BE A BOOST FOR WESTERN NEW YORK ECONOMY

In 2016, ConServe Was Selected By The IRS As A Private Contractor To Collect Delinquent Taxes, Allowing The Fairport, NY Headquartered Company To Grow Today, Schumer Announced That Due To ConServe's Success With The IRS Contract, The Company Will Be Adding An Additional 200 Jobs Between Its Facilities In Henrietta And Cheektowaga, NY                     Schumer: Hundreds Of New Well-Paying ConServe Jobs Will Be A Shot In The Arm For The WNY … Continue Reading


11.13.18

SCHUMER STATEMENT ON EXPANSION OF BAUSCH AND LOMB IN ROCHESTER

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the following statement on the expansion of Bausch and Lomb's silicone hydrogel contact lens manufacturing capabilities in Rochester, NY: "You don't need these new contact lenses to see what is plain as day: this new Bausch and Lomb manufacturing line means jobs, jobs, jobs for Rochester’s economy. Expansion of Bausch and Lomb’s silicone hydrogel contact lens manufacturing in Rochester doubles down on the original ULTRA manufacturing li… Continue Reading


11.12.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: GREEDY & NOW EMBOLDENED LENDERS ARE TARGETING OUR ACTIVE DUTY VETS WITH PREDATORY LOANS, HIGH-PRESSURE SALES & DECEPTIVE MARKETING; SENATOR SOUNDS ALARM ON LI & DEMANDS FED ACTION

Fed Agency Charged With Being Cop On Beat To Protect Vets From Shady Lending Practices-Like For LI Mortgages-Is No Longer Effectively Policing Industry Schumer Wants Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) Back On The Beat To Patrol Lenders; Cites LI Homeowner's Troubling Experience To Help Make Case Schumer: The Feds Need To Hook Loan Sharks Targeting LI Service Members—Not Allow Them To Feed on Our Brave Servicemembers  Standing alongside an active duty Long Island service … Continue Reading


11.08.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE $16 MILLION FOR CUBRC LENS II FACILITY IN BUFFALO AS PART OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL; SENATORS SAY FUNDING WILL BE USED TO CONDUCT HYPERSONIC TESTING OF WEAPONS SYSTEMS, ALLOW UNITED STATES TO KEEP PACE WITH INTERNATIONAL COMPETITORS

CUBRC, A Buffalo-Based Independent Not-For-Profit Research Entity, Depends On DOD's Advanced Tech Development Program For Its Large Energy National Shock Tunnel II (LENS II) Complex Senators Say Funding Will Permit CUBRC To Execute Hypersonic Weapons Testing On The DARPA Tactical Boost Glide Program Vehicles And Hypervelocity Interceptors; CUBRC LENS Is The Only Facility In The United States With The Capabilities To Conduct Such Tests Funding Will Support 150 CUBRC Workers In WNY And Add New H… Continue Reading


11.07.18

SCHUMER ANNOUNCES, FOLLOWING HIS RECENT MEETING WITH AIR FORCE SECRETARY WILSON, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND AIR FORCE HAVE AGREED TO SEND SENIOR OFFICIALS TO STEWART AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE THIS MONTH TO DELIVER LONG-AWAITED PUBLIC MEETING ON PFOA/PFOS CONTAMINATION REMEDIATION EFFORTS

Following His Push In A Meeting With Air Force Secretary Wilson Several Weeks Ago, Schumer Announced That John Henderson And Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretaries Of The Air Force And Office Of The Secretary Of Defense, Will Attend A Public Meeting This Month In Orange County On The Ongoing PFOA/PFOS Contamination And Remediation Efforts In May 2016, The City Of Newburgh's Primary Source Of Drinking Water, Washington Lake, Was Found To Be Contaminated By PFOA/PFOS As A Result Of The Use Of Fi… Continue Reading


11.05.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $79K IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CAYUGA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Cayuga Economic Development Agency Will Use the Funding to Purchase and Lease Grain Drying and Cleaning Equipment to Preferred Quality Grain in the Town of Cato U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $79,035 in federal funding for the Cayuga Economic Development Agency. This funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program. Cayuga Economic Development Agency will use the fun… Continue Reading


11.02.18

SCHUMER PLEDGES TO FIGHT FOR $12.2 MILLION GRANT TO UPGRADE, MODERNIZE AND REVITALIZE THE CITY OF BINGHAMTON’S VITAL DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE; “THE MAIN STREET COMPLETE STREETS PROJECT” WILL BE AN INSTRUMENTAL BOOST IN CITY’S ONGOING REVITALIZATION EFFORT

"The Main Street Complete Streets Project" In Binghamton Would Significantly Enhance The Safety And Accessibility Of Transportation Throughout The City, But Hinges On Securing Over $12 Million In Funding From The Department Of Transportation Standing At Binghamton's City Hall, Schumer Launches Major Push To Secure Vital BUILD Grant To Complete Project; Says Project Could Be An Instrumental Boost In Binghamton's Ongoing Revitalization Efforts Schumer To Feds: Federal Funding Would Put Binghamto… Continue Reading


11.02.18

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND PUSH AMTRAK & MTA TO DO THE DEAL ASAP TO CREATE NEW & NEEDED METRO NORTH LINE FOR EAST BRONX & WESTCHESTER COMMUTERS; PENN ACCESS PLAN WOULD REDUCE TRAVEL TIMES, CREATE ONE-SEAT RIDE TO PENN STATION & WEST SIDE OF MANHATTAN, BOOST ECONOMY & CREATE VITAL SYSTEM RESILIENCY & HELP SUPPPORT JOB GROWTH

Brand New Service With Four Bronx Stations Would Create One-Seat Train Ride For East, South Bronx & Westchester to Penn Station, And Aid Reverse Commuters, Too; Reduced Travel Time, Access To Major Job Market & Overall Convenience Will Help Drive Transportation Relief For Countless NY Commuters Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Want Amtrak & MTA To Get On Same Page ASAP, Sign A Formal Agreement Senators Schumer and Gillibrand: Don't Block The Tracks! Do The Deal Now To Get New Metr… Continue Reading


11.02.18

SCHUMER LAUNCHES MAJOR PUSH TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR AND EXTEND CRITICAL FED MAPLE PROGRAM; SAYS PROGRAM WILL FURTHER TAP POTENTIAL OF THE NORTH COUNTRY’S BURGEONING MAPLE INDUSTRY

The Acer Access And Development Program Has Invested In Initiatives That Helped North Country Maple Producers Increase Production, Strengthen Conservation And Drive Efficiency, Boosting The Regional Economy At The American Maple Museum In Lewis County, Schumer Urges Colleagues In Congress To Increase Funding For The Acer Program In Final Agriculture Appropriations Bill & Extend Program For Long-Term Future In Final Farm Bill Report Schumer: Boosting Acer Program Will Spout Sweet Results F… Continue Reading


11.01.18

SCHUMER REVEALS: LI’S HEALTH CARE ANCHORS—THEIR HOSPITALS—WHICH SERVE SOME OF THE MOST NEEDY & SICK, COULD LOSE MANY MILLIONS UNLESS DRAMATIC, UNDER-THE-RADAR FEDERAL CUT THAT HITS THEM HARD & JEOPARDIZES CRITICAL SERVICES IS REVERSED; SENATOR URGES ACTION

LIJ, Stony Brook University Hospital, Mercy & Other LI Anchors Are In Midst Of Massive Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Cut To Fed Drug Discount Program Called '340B'; Schumer Launches Push To Reverse Cuts, Arguing They Will Hurt Critical Care Across Island & Cost Millions Services Such As Addiction, Mental Health, Cardiac & Cancer Care Could All Suffer - Including Opioid Treatment Schumer: Without Fed Action, LI Hospitals & Patients Stand To Lose $170 Millio… Continue Reading


11.01.18

IN A PERSONAL CALL WITH ARMY SECRETARY ESPER, SCHUMER URGES ARMY TO MAKE FORT DRUM RAILHEAD IMPROVEMENTS A TOP PRIORITY; PROJECT WOULD MODERNIZE BASE INFRASTRUCTURE, ENHANCE READINESS

Current Railhead Severely Limits Fort Drum's Ability To Meet Mission Requirement & Is Incapable Of Safely Operating At Full Capacity During Harsh Winter Months Senator Says Railhead Improvements Are Installation Command's #1 Infrastructure Priority; Urges Department Of Defense To Prioritize $21M Project In The Army’s FY2020 Budget Request Schumer To DOD: New Fort Drum Railhead Would Boost Mission Readiness & Bring Good-Paying Construction Jobs To The North Country In a personal… Continue Reading

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